ATLANTA — Did he or didn’t he? That was the big question Friday surrounding Jesuit High School linebacker Deion “Debo” Jones and his reported commitment switch from Nebraska to LSU.
Tigerbait.com, a Rivals website, and TigerSportsDigest.com, a Scout website, both reported Friday along with other media outlets that Jones had switched his commitment following an in-home visit Thursday night from LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson.
In response to a call for confirmation about Jones’ decision, Jesuit coach Wayde Keiser on Friday refuted the reports.
“That was misreported,” Keiser said. “(He’s) still Nebraska committed.”
Keiser confirmed the in-home visit by LSU’s Wilson with Jones. He said he spoke to Jones at lunch Friday after getting numerous calls about the decision.
“He said he hasn’t made up his mind,” Keiser said, slightly softening his earlier statement.
Jones was quoted directly by Tigerbait.com on Friday saying: “I committed to LSU (Thursday) night.”
Jones (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) committed to Nebraska in August.
According to a story on Scout.com, Jones said he didn’t get an offer from LSU this summer because he was unable to attend a camp at LSU and had made a previous commitment to attend a camp at Alabama that conflicted with a second camp date at LSU.
“I was upset I didn’t get a chance to earn that offer, but I’m really happy that I showed them this fall that I deserved it,” Jones told Scout.com. “They said they really liked my film and wanted me to become part of the program.”
Jones ranks as a three-star prospect according to Rivals, Scout and ESPN.com.
Rivals lists Jones as the nation’s No. 32 inside linebacker prospect. ESPN rates Jones as the No. 24 inside linebacker prospect and the No. 21 overall prospect in Louisiana. Scout rates Jones as the nation’s No. 84 outside linebacker prospect.
If Jones does switch his commitment to LSU, he would become the Tigers’ 21st pledge for their 2012 recruiting class.
LSU has one commitment for the 2013 class.